Kitchen Painting in Rugby, Warwickshire
Traditional Painter, Ron Taylor, recently finished a project kitchen painting in Rugby, Warwickshire. It involved a mid sized kitchen and a dresser.
The kitchen units had been stained and finished with a factory applied lacquer, and the dresser, although previously stripped, had a fine layer of wax. It was going to be quite a transformation when we finished painting it all.
Charlie Budd was helping me for the first week, so whilst I got on removing doors and cleaning down the units with Krud Kutter Original, Charlie started on the dresser.
He actually found sanding removed the wax better than scrubbing. It used a fair bit of Abranet Abrasive on the Festool, as it clogged easily, but it was still quicker in the long run.
The kitchen preparation
I always take the doors away from the site now and clean down in my workshop. I also prepare and spray the primers and first topcoat. The doors are then hand brushed in the final coat to match the finish of the cabinets that are hand painted in situ.
Down to sanding. We used Mirka Goldflex to sand the majority of the main kitchen. This is an excellent abrasive which makes a really thorough and efficient job of hand sanding. It lasts quite a while too.
The primer used was Mathys Pegaprim Isofix tinted by Holmans to match the topcoat colour, which was a light blue on the main kitchen and mid-blue on the dresser. Isofix was chosen for its almost instant adhesion and its ability to seal any sanded-through knots. (If you break through the lacquer when sanding, then you lose the stain-blocking properties of the lacquer and need to coat it with a product to hold back potential tannin.)
In the workshop, doors were given 2 coats of Isofix through an HVLP spray. This meant we had a perfect base and now needed the 2 topcoats. (Further information I have shared on spray painting is here.)
On with the kitchen units
After the Isofix had dried on the cabinets, we filled any imperfections and sanded it smooth before applying a coat of Tikkurila Helmi Primer. This was followed by 2 coats of Helmi Semi-Matt Finish.
In the workshop, the doors were treated to a first coat of Helmi Semi-Matt then rehung before the final coat was brushed by hand.
As you can see, the whole kitchen is now painted, with an even and full paint system that will stay looking good for years.
And the kitchen dresser?
Pictures are worth 1000 words.
It is a painstaking process, in that you can’t miss any stages out. And this is the standard of finish that is possible, doing it right with the highest quality products.
If you have any questions about a prospective kitchen painting project in Warwickshire, Ron is happy to help.
If you are thinking of tackling a kitchen yourself, or fancy some furniture upcycling at the weekend, and you have any doubts, particularly about abrasives and primers, which seem to be regular head scratcher for many, leave a comment or ask over on the forum. It is open to all to join.
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